The 8 other badass women that I get to call my teammates at Unbound. Also, NPR Morning Edition. Also, tater tots.
I wake up and put on NPR always while I scramble to get ready. I wait either 2 or 26 minutes for the D / B train because the MTA is really just not crushing it lately. I parade through the streets of Chinatown to our offices at 77 Bowery and we kick the day off with Pep Rally, our daily meeting where each person shares the top things they’re working on and if they need help. The rest of the day totally varies but usually is a smorgasbord of meetings with the team, investors, and partner brands. I’m usually at the office until 8pm and then I head home and eat take out pretty much every night for dinner (one of these days I swear I will get healthy….)
The stigmas of sexuality make starting a business in this space tricky. Everything from opening a bank account to advertising becomes an obstacle. Which stinks, but I do think the tide is turning.
Be brave enough to be vulnerable, because everyone is scared to be open and honest… but the thing I’ve learned is that we’re all curious and so if you can take the first step towards honest vulnerability, those around you will, too. We’re all just looking for permission to be curious.
I think technology has made things both better and worse. Better, because technology creates efficiencies which result in accessibility (i.e., it’s way easier to launch a website and build products because of the internet). Worse, because technology has resulted in sexuality (ahem, porn) becoming this thing we all consume, but don’t talk about — further relegating the conversation of sexuality into the shadows.
Squish, lol. It’s just the best all around.
That you’ll get addicted to your vibrator (I’M LOOKING AT YOU CHARLOTTE YORK). If anything, it will teach you that there are so many different ways to orgasm and that orgasms are also not this thing to be put on a pedestal. Explore your body, enjoy it. And for christ’s sake, masturbate.
I love mixing high brow and low brow, also I’m a total vintage junky. My favorite thing to do is to mix a dramatic skirt with a graphic tee and some wild heels. My dad is also a percussionist and I’ve stolen all his band t-shirts over the years (SORRY DAD).
I want every woman in America to own an Unbound product — be it lube, a vibrator or just a tote bag. Unbound will be the household brand name that makes sexuality less taboo.
Ultimately, my dream is to go on to tackle reproductive health and make birth control ubiquitous, but that’s still a couple years off.
DON’T YOU DARE GIVE UP. You are going to get rejected, A LOT, and it doesn’t mean shit. Just pick your head up and keep going — you’ll get there, I promise.